Electrical muscle stimulation, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses.
Did You Know Electrical Stimulation Could Help Relieve Your Pain?
Electrical stimulation may seem daunting, but it is actually a very beneficial way to relieve pain.
It is a safe and effective method of treatment that can provide pain relief and recovery for several conditions. A standard electrical stimulation device utilizes self-adhesive electrodes placed around the target treatment area on the body. The electrodes are then connected via wire leads to the unit, through which electricity can pass and ultimately interact with sensory and/or motor nerves.
If you are suffering from a painful condition and you are looking for relief, electrical stimulation may be the answer. Request an appointment with Integrity Therapy Group in Florence, AL today to learn more.
What can I expect from a session of this treatment?
One of the biggest reasons this treatment is prescribed is for pain management.
This modality can trigger an innate and completely natural analgesic effect by stimulating specific sensory nerve fibers (including A-beta, A-delta, and C fibers), which both decrease the sensation of pain and release neurotransmitters that prolong the pain-relieving effects.
Electrical stimulation has a variety of other benefits, including:
- Improve motor coordination
- Increase local circulation
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce muscle spasm
- Reduce, eliminate, and/or control pain (both acute and chronic)
- Prevent or reverse muscle atrophy (especially after prolonged immobilization, such as a limb being cast as a fracture heals)
- Provide biofeedback (aka improve body awareness)
- Provide neuromuscular re-education
- Decrease swelling
However, this treatment is not for everyone. Those with deep vein thrombosis, those who are pregnant, those with pacemakers, and those with impaired cognition would likely be advised against electrical stimulation.
Some of the most common conditions treated with electrical stimulation include:
- Neurological conditions, such as a stroke
- Acute sports-related or auto accident-related injuries
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries
Is it painful?
To put it simply – no! In fact, the intensity of the electrical muscle stimulation or sensory nerve stimulation can be easily modified to the tolerance of each patient.
This treatment contains a variety of different modes to stimulate the nerves in different ways.
These modes all consist of different currents, and the current you are prescribed will be dependent upon the nature of your condition and the severity of it.
The different types of modes include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interferential, pre-modulated, Russian, and symmetrical or asymmetrical bi-phasic.
Some patients report feeling a small sensation, such as a “tingly,” “prickly,” or “pins and needles” feeling.
When used for muscle strengthening, electrical stimulation can sometimes become a bit uncomfortable, but it should never result in pain.
How can I benefit from electrical stimulation?
At Integrity Therapy Group, our main priorities are your comfort, safety, and dignity.
You will undergo a physical examination at your initial appointment, in addition to being asked questions about your current condition and medical history.
From there, one of our licensed physical therapists will create an individualized treatment plan, based on your specific needs.
If our physical therapist believes electrical stimulation will be beneficial to you, he or she will explain it in depth, and it will be incorporated into your treatment plan.
During an electrical stimulation treatment, you’ll be asked to sit or lie in a comfortable position, your skin in the target treatment area will be cleaned and prepped, and your PT will guide you step-by-step through the entire treatment.
Find relief for your pain today!
If you are interested in learning more about electrical stimulation, or if you think it could benefit you, contact Integrity Therapy Group today in Florence, AL to request an appointment.
We’ll get you started on the path toward pain relief and recovery!